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2005-06 Western Carolina University Tailgating Policy

Aug. 29, 2005


Western Carolina Tailgating Policy
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TAILGATING: Tailgating at which alcoholic beverages are consumed shall apply to all NCAA football games and scrimmages and may begin no more than three (3) hours before an event and must end promptly at game time. Tailgating participants will be encouraged to leave the lots at game time by the Office of Student Affairs, and Catamount Club, in cooperation with, the University Police. Tailgating involving alcohol will not be permitted during or after games. People who leave the stadium during games will not be allowed to reenter the stadium. Tailgating without alcoholic beverages may resume after games for a period of three hours after the game ends. Motor homes are permitted to park in the baseball lots, other than those specifically allowed by membership in the Catamount Club at donor levels to be determined by the Club.

No kegs are permitted at tailgating activities. A keg is any container that holds or is capable of holding more than one gallon of malt beverage or unfortified wine at a single time. Public display of alcohol is discouraged and glass containers are prohibited in all tailgating areas. The use of plastic containers is encouraged for the consumption of all beverages.

The Executive Council in consultation with University Police will designate approved tailgating areas. Consumption of alcoholic beverages inside the stadium is strictly prohibited. The Athletic Department will be responsible for posting signs in designated tailgating lots before each game advertising the campus alcohol policy.

Activities sponsored by a particular organization will appoint group leaders who will be briefed on their responsibilities and the tailgating policies either by Student Affairs or the Executive Director of the Catamount Club (depending on the sponsor) as well as the University Police and the Athletic Department. Student Affairs or the Advancement Office will provide group leaders with a copy of the campus alcohol policy.

The Executive Director of the Catamount Club will provide personnel to control access to tailgating areas assigned for its use. Catamount Club staff members will provide information to individuals in the lot on the University's alcohol policy and state laws governing alcohol consumption in those areas. The Catamount Club staff will be on call to assist Campus Police in resolving violations of the University alcohol policy and state laws.

Student Affairs will assign personnel to be on call during tailgating activities. Student Affairs personnel will be provided with a police radio so that they can be summoned to assist with problems that involve students. Student Affairs staff will provide information to individuals in the lot on the University's alcohol policy and state laws governing alcohol consumption.

All groups and individuals participating in tailgating activities are responsible for proper disposal of their trash and other debris such as charcoal. In cooperation with Student Affairs, Facilities Management will provide periodic trash pick up during tailgating. Trash containers will be set out prior to each game by Facilities Management and additional receptacle will be available from Student Affairs and Advancement staff. For safety purposes, glass containers are NOT allowed in the tailgating areas.

The provision of restroom facilities for persons participating in tailgating activities will be the responsibility of the Catamount Club in their assigned areas and the Athletic Department in all other areas. These offices will supply portable toilets where needed, to discourage the use of restrooms in adjacent academic buildings, particularly the Belk Building.

The University Police will provide mobile patrol through designated tailgating areas before, during, and after the games. University Police officers will be stationed in or nearby designated tailgating areas, to enforce state laws for violations that may occur in their view. At game time, staff members from the Athletic Department, Catamount Club and Student Affairs will remind all individuals in their tailgating areas of the restrictions on alcohol consumption after the game begins. With the assistance of Campus Police they will encourage all individuals to leave the lot and move into the stadium at the start of the game. Fifteen to thirty minutes after the game begins, University Police officers will patrol the lots and enforce the alcohol policy and state laws as necessary.